The Wizards have explored the possibility of moving their starting center, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who hears from multiple sources that the club has engaged in trade discussions involving Marcin Gortat.
Windhorst reports that several teams have shown interest in Gortat, adding that the Wizards are looking to improve their roster in the short term without taking on additional money in the long term.
Gortat, who will turn 34 later this month, has seen his role reduced a little this season, averaging 26.3 minutes per contest, his lowest mark since joining the Wizards in 2013. However, he has remained productive, recording 8.9 PPG and 8.0 RPG with a .537 FG% in 53 games (all starts) so far in 2017/18. The big man’s contract pays him about $12.78MM this season and $13.57MM in 2018/19 before expiring in the summer of ’19.
While Windhorst doesn’t specify any trade targets for the Wizards, his ESPN colleague Zach Lowe reported this week that Washington is one club that has looked into the possibility of acquiring DeAndre Jordan. A trade for the Clippers center is probably a long shot, but Gortat would be one logical outgoing piece in such a deal, given his position and his salary.